In some situations things relate to personal life in a weird way, like for example a school lesson on the phases of grief while you happen to be in said phases of grief (not that this is the situation for me)

I cannot think of any better word than "irony" but it seems really off

Is there a better word or phrase that carries this meaning?


So let me briefly describe the situation

In a roleplay the GM is describing how my character feels uneasy/anxious and is shaking for unknown reason, which is quite ___(ironic?) because indeed, I in real life am shaking and feeling anxious for unknown reason. I herewith hope to clarify what I am looking for

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    What about sympathy?
    – Kman3
    Aug 26, 2017 at 20:38
  • This is a coincidence. But I suspect that the simple word "coincidence" is not what you are looking for. Is it something you are glad about, or something that makes the situation a whole lot worse. In other words it could be a "happy coincidence", and "ironic coincidence", simply a "coincidence", or perhaps a "bitter coincidence".
    – WS2
    Aug 26, 2017 at 20:42
  • By the way, remember "I before e, except after c" - grief. .
    – WS2
    Aug 26, 2017 at 20:44
  • @WS2 that actually comes quite close, I would describe the actual use I would have for this word but it would feel too much like writing in self-pity
    – 7H3_H4CK3R
    Aug 26, 2017 at 20:44
  • Could it be a pitiful coincidence?
    – WS2
    Aug 26, 2017 at 20:46

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too close to home - a phrase and not a word that can have many uses but I think fits here. In the context below, it is to be interpreted as being something resembling what the narrator was doing.

My character was shaking inexplicably, which was a bit too close to home as I too was shaking.

  • Thank you, that works perfectly as I can also use this phrase when speaking directly to the GM
    – 7H3_H4CK3R
    Aug 26, 2017 at 21:03

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